Born on February 14th 1994 in the province of Bari (Italy), Serena Valluzzi started her piano studies at the age of four. At only seventeen she graduated with highest honours from the Conservatory of Music “Niccolò Piccinni” in Bari under the guidance of Maurizio Matarrese. She has followed training courses and seminars with François Joel Thiollier, Benedetto Lupo, Alberto Nosè and Roberto Prosseda. She is currently studying with Enrico Pace at the Academy of Music in Pinerolo and from November 2017 to June 2019 she worked as a repetiteur for the Academy of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She regularly performs in recitals both as soloist and in cameristic formations, getting everywhere acclaim from audiences and critics. At only fourteen she debuted with the Orchestra Molisana conducted by Franz Albanese, performing the Piano Concerto K.466 by Mozart. On May 2015 she made her debut abroad with the Philharmonic “Ion Dumitrescu” in Ramnicu Valcea (Romania), performing the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini by S. Rachmaninoff.
She won the 55th edition of the Piano International Competition “A. Speranza” in Taranto and the 4th “Premio Alkan” for the piano virtuosity in 2020. Thanks to the latter, she got the opportunity to record her first two CDs, produced by 2R Studio Media Productions – Stenway&Sons – Vailog Milan. She got other several awards which include the 1st prize at “Sante Centurione” International Piano Competition 2019, 3th prize and “Young jury” prize at the “Livorno Piano Competition” 2020, 2nd prize at “Fausto Zadra” International Piano Competition 2018, 2nd prize at the International Competition “San Donà di Piave” 2017, 4th prize at Premio Venezia 2012, overall 1st prize at the “Giulio Rospigliosi” Competition in Lamporecchio, special prize for the best italian semifinalist at the International Piano and Orchestra Competition “Città di Cantù” 2016 and many others.
She has been selected, along with other 32 pianists from all over the world, to partecipate at Busoni Piano Competition that will take place in Bolzano, Italy in August 2021.
In 2015 she also won the prize “Club Lions Costanza d’Altavilla” at the International Competition “EurOrchestra” in Bari and she performed with the Eurorchestra conducted by Francesco Lentini playing the Piano Concerto n. 2 by Chopin, getting a great critical acclaim: “[…] Serena Valluzzi went through the piece with trembling energy, respecting the atmosphere of romantic passion permeating the work and, especially, with a refined display of remarkable pianism for its clarity and singability.” (Nicola Sbisà, Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, April 6th 2016).